Ladi Kayode, Abeokuta
Nigeria police force yesterday said it is partnering with a non-governmental organisation, Cleen Foundation to tackle corruption through an inter- net platform created by the body, where informants and witnesses of such crimes being committed could instantly make a report.
The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase stated at a workshop with the theme ‘Reporting Corruption Using the Stopthebribes Platform’; held in Abeokuta, and explained that the platform is being provided for submission of complaints on corruption by all agencies, including the police.
Arase who was represented by Tayo Jolaoye, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, while speaking further at the workshop, emphasized that police had resolved to tackle corruption in the police and all sectors of the nation.
He called on the citizenry to report corrupt practices irrespec- tive of the gravity, with assurance that, the identities of the witnesses, informants and complainants of such crimes would be adequately protected.
The workshop which was jointly organized by the Non- Governmental Organisation and the Police, attracted participants from various sectors of the soci- ety, which include media, security agencies, civil societies and mar- ket women among others.
The police boss said, the portal was created by the NGO and the police is keying into the initia- tive to expedite the actions of the police in stamping out corruption from the public sector particularly the police.
He explained that all complaints
received on the portal would be processed earnestly and action tak- en immediately, just as he charged citizenry to embrace the initiative to check corruption at all levels in the country
Earlier, the Programme Officer, Gabriel Akinremi at the workshop exposed the attendees to an inter- net platform, www.stopthebribes. net being provided for submission of complaints on corruption by government agencies including the Police.
Akinremi in his lecture titled,’ Overview of stopthebribes Project , said the platform was invented through what is known as Ushahi- di, adding that these were designed with the aid of number of technol- ogy tools.
He said, the tools that are made for the use of the platform include; mobile phones, smart phones, computers, internet access, twitter and facebook, adding that a website,www.stopthebribes.com has been created for the implemen- tation of the platform.
Akinremi saidwhattobedone is for individual to apply the ap- plications through any of the tools mention, before they can carry out the operation, for onward transmission of such reports to the designat- ed platform.
He added further that, the plat- form is also designed to reveal locations of the crime instantly, while photographs taken at the bribery scene can also be send to the platform, stating that, a telephone lines 08131234567 ,09035200933 ,08060023936 have equally been dedicated for the purpose.
The programme officer who disclosed that the foundation was established in 1998 said, the instant report by the eyewitnesses would also received feedback, while voice mail for the project is also created in the platform.